December 20, 2016

Can Age-related Vision Loss be Unnatural?

person-1615692_1920As you age, it is natural to experience a decline in the performance of your vision. Some changes in eyesight are normal, such as presbyopia (blurriness when reading or at the computer) and cataracts, but it is vital that these problems are not mistaken with abnormalities with the eye. There needs to be an increase in attention to vision care as the eye continues to change. Being knowledgeable about issues that are seen as abnormalities is the first step to caring for your vision. An example of an age-related vision issue is macular degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition that affects many people over the age of 50. It concerns the small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye need for the sharp, central vision that allows the eye to see straight ahead. AMD advances quite slowly and vision loss does not occur suddenly, so it is not an obvious change. Only late stage AMD results in damage to the macula, a region made of millions of light-sensing cells that provide central vision. Damage to the macula results in sight that is blurry, distorted, or dark. Typically the symptom of blurred vision occurs in the intermediate stage, so it is essential to notify a doctor before the condition advances. If detected sooner, an increase in certain vitamins and minerals can slow down the degenerative process.

Aside from age, there are other risk factors for AMD. Ethnicity, family history and genetics contribute to the risk of AMD. The main lifestyle choices that can be changed to avoid this condition are reducing smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping a consistent workout schedule.

Sources:

Facts about Age-Related Macular Degeneration. National Eye Institute. Retrieved from: https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts

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December 7, 2016

Simple Ways to Treat Frequent Nosebleeds

Little girl blows her nose

Nosebleeds tend to come in different forms and due to different reasons. Many nosebleeds may occur due to simple reasons such as weather change. This usually happens in the winter when you come outside from the cold weather and your nasal passage becomes dehydrated by breathing the warm air created by the heat in your home. People who suffer from chronic nosebleed conditions are victims of a weekly and sometimes daily nosebleed. This condition is named hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT).

Simple ways to treat nosebleeds include holding the bridge of your nose with both fingers and applying ice to your nasal region to restrict blood flow. In addition, for chronic conditions, medicated solutions may be available in order to stop the bleeding. It is best to consult with a medical professional if a simple over the counter solution would suffice or if a prescription solution is needed.

However if your condition continues to worsen your physician may suggest a medical technique called cauterization. This method usually “involves your doctor burning the blood vessels in your nose with silver nitrate,” [1]. The compound is used to remove tissue from the affected area.

Regardless, there are certain treatments that are in your control. For instance, limiting aspirin intake and using an air humidifier can make significant contributions to lowering your chances of a nosebleed.

[1] What causes nosebleed? 29 possible conditions. Krucik, George. Healthline. Retrieved from: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/nosebleed

 

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